Woman checking Facebook walks off pier

Last updated 11:51 18/12/2013

Relevant offers

Australia

Fatal Mt Isa caravan explosion horrifies locals Spiders alive! Thirteen new species discovered in Queensland Cardiac arrest during cosmetic surgery: overdose of local anaesthetic likely Caravan explosion kills three people in Queensland, Australia Maggie Kirkpatrick, Prisoner star 'The Freak', charged with child sex offences Suitcase remains unlikely to be those of Madeleine McCann, police say Jail for woman who had baby with 12-year-old boy Powered paraglider pilot crashes into carpark in Queensland, Australia Australian man charged with terrorism offences over IS links Quilt may hold new clue to identity of child in suitcase

A young female tourist was so engrossed in Facebook on her mobile phone that she walked off a Melbourne pier and almost drowned, police say.

She fell off the St Kilda pier about 11.30pm on Monday, said police, but fortunately a witness called police.

Senior Constable Dean Kelly of the water police squad said he and fellow officers made the quick four-minute trip from Williamstown to St Kilda when alerted to the near-drowning.

Their high-speed boat arrived to find the woman floating about 30 metres from the pier.

''She wasn't splashing around too much. She wasn't in a panic even though she was in the water for probably 20 minutes,'' he said.

The woman had a backpack on, which may have helped her to stay buoyant, he said.

''She wasn't a good swimmer but she was floating OK ... on her back,'' he said.

After police pulled her onto their craft, the woman explained what had happened.

''She had a mobile phone in one of her hands and when we brought her onboard one of the first things she did was apologise and say sorry,'' Senior Constable Kelly said.

''She explained that she was on her phone checking her Facebook page when she fell into the water.''

The young woman was Taiwanese, in her mid-twenties, he said.

''She was fine. She was hypothermic. She just needed a blanket to warm up,'' he said.

The woman was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for observation.

Ad Feedback

- The Age

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content